1. a sauna or other enclosure for sweating.
  2. any uncomfortably warm room or environment.
  3. a box or cell in which a prisoner is punished or given the third degree.
  4. a device for removing moisture from tobacco leaves, figs, raisins, etc.

Origin of sweatbox

First recorded in 1870–75; sweat + box1
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British Dictionary definitions for sweatbox


  1. a device for causing tobacco leaves, fruit, or hides to sweat
  2. a very small pen or cubicle where a pig is fattened intensively
  3. informal, mainly US a narrow room or cell for a prisoner
  4. informal any place where a person sweats on account of confinement, heat, etc
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